Dancing into Adulthood

This course encourages participants to consider a range of strategies to ensure that adult dance classes are a stimulating, safe and engaging learning environment. The course will explore how principles of best practice drawn from a range of disciplines can be used to enhance fitness and wellbeing of adult learners. Participants will explore strategies which can be used so that lessons are safe yet challenging.

The course will consider:

  • Direct and indirect factors which impact dance training and performance
  • Psychological aspects of dance teaching: teaching the whole dancer
  • Key anatomical considerations when teaching dance to mixed ability groups of adult learners
  • The potential for somatic practices to enhance fitness and well-being
  • Learning and teaching strategies which promote health, safety and well-being implications when working with adult learners

To successfully complete this course, it is required that you submit at least one forum post, of no less than 300 words, before 5pm GMT on 24 January 2022. For each unit of work, we will provide questions for you to consider and to help inform your forum post.


The aim of this course is to gain knowledge and understanding of the physiology of adulthood and its application to dance practice to promote health, safe practice and inclusive learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you will:

  • Have knowledge and understanding of factors which may affect an individual’s physical and psychological health in adulthood
  • Have knowledge and understanding of key factors which underpin safe dance practice
  • Have knowledge and understanding of fitness and somatic practice in teaching dance to adults
  • Be able to analyse different dance techniques and somatic practices and evaluate how these support adult learners’ development of fitness
  • Be able to identify the physical needs and expectations of adult learners
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of how participation in dance benefits adult dance students
  • Be able to collate, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Be able to assess own skills and achievement and identify strategies to progress learning
  • Be able to use a range of ICT skills to access the VLE, dance specialist databases, online journals and discussion forums


You will access the course via Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment). You will receive login details and further information shortly before the course start date.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer with internet connection
  • Speakers


The course runs from 1 November 2021 – 31 January 2022.

All of the course materials are available within this period, and you can make your way through the resources at your own pace. You do not need to be logged in at a specific time, however, you will need to submit your 300 word forum post by 5pm GMT on 24 January 2022.


Sarah Platt PGDT (Dance), BPhil (Hons), RAD RTS, FIDTA, RAD Dip; Dance Ex Dip; Anat Dip.

Sarah has been teaching for over 25 years and is Principal of her own dance school. An interest in more diverse teaching started with research into ‘Inclusive Dance Practice’ at postgraduate level, and developed through participation with the RAD Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing (DFLW) project in 2012. Practice-based research into the benefits and considerations when teaching adults and older learners to dance has interested her ever since.

Following the DFLW project, Sarah explored, delivered, and evaluated ballet lessons for older learners, contributing to working parties looking into RAD provision for adults. From these beginnings came the creation of the RAD Silver Swans® ballet programme; formally launched in 2017. She is regularly involved in tutoring, mentoring and contributing to reports and conferences in order to share best practice and spread her passion for the teaching of dance to older learners. Sarah also trains teachers from a range of settings such as primary school teachers and classical ballet specialists.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the RAD@home programme saw Sarah deliver virtual Silver Swans sessions, providing a wider audience with an insight into learning ballet. The feedback has been hugely encouraging and confirmed the need for more teachers for this age group.

CPD Hours

10 hours Time-Valued CPD

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